LONDON: Tributes have been paid to Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh, who has died at 49 after a cardiac arrest.

The former Tottenham defender was taken to hospital on Monday, weeks after guiding Orient to promotion back to the Football League.

An Orient statement read: “It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away.

“Justin suffered a cardiac arrest last Monday and passed away on Saturday.

“All our thoughts are with Justin’s wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie at this very sad time.”

Edinburgh became Orient boss in November 2017 after spells in charge at Newport, Gillingham and Northampton, all of whom sent their condolences.

As a player he won the FA Cup and League Cup during a decade with Spurs while also turning out for Portsmouth and Southend.

Tottenham were quick to pay tribute to their former player, saying on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Justin Edinburgh.

“Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this terribly difficult time as well as everyone that worked alongside Justin at Leyton Orient.”